Outrunning Vegas

From 1,149 feet above, the city didn’t seem like such a wasteland. It was even a bit magical. The clusters of flashing lights and ever-changing billboard displays were no longer discordantly fighting for my attention. Instead, they all blended together, creating a peaceful, twinkling glow for me and the other viewers on top of the … Continue reading Outrunning Vegas

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One Last Goodbye

How many missteps could I make in one day? The Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, was the place to answer that question. The red cobblestone streets, while picturesque, were treacherous. Add in a walk up the steps of Alexandria’s wannabe Washington Monument, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial — where the famous scene from … Continue reading One Last Goodbye

The Other Side

My eyes follow the Chesapeake Bay Bridge sprawling before me in the distance. My boyfriend and I are only halfway across, and I'm already imagining reaching the other side and seeing more of what rural Maryland has to offer. Easton, Md., has always just been a town I bypass on the way to Ocean City, … Continue reading The Other Side

Review of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

A non-descript white house sits on the side of a street in Cleveland, Ohio. Cars drive by, neighbors chat on the sidewalk, and the sun beats down on the black pavement -- the world is moving. However, inside this house three girls lie chained to beds, longing to feel the sun on their faces or … Continue reading Review of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

Goodwill: Through a Critical Theory Lens

When buying clothes from Goodwill Industries consumers believe they are contributing to a better society -- recycling clothing, giving to charity, and supporting the disabled workers Goodwill employs. However, it's surprising to discover that the CEO of Goodwill makes more than half a million dollars per year while Goodwill’s disabled workers are paid less than … Continue reading Goodwill: Through a Critical Theory Lens

Chris McCandless’ Conflict: Through an Ethical Communication Lens

You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living (Krakauer, 1996, p. 57). This profound statement … Continue reading Chris McCandless’ Conflict: Through an Ethical Communication Lens

The Wearer’s Burden

Negotiating Sexuality and Gender The Wearer's Burden: The Assumed Identities of Individuals with Tattoos and Piercings I am confident. I am unique. I am strong. I am brave. I am feminine in my own right. I own my beauty. I own my sexuality. I own my body. Fourteen ear piercings, one nose piercing, one navel … Continue reading The Wearer’s Burden

The Missing Kennedy is a story of compassion and hope despite tragedy

Who isn’t intrigued by the Kennedys? Everyone has an opinion of the famous family, but one of the most important opinions comes from Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, author of The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women, whose paperback version hits shelves October 2016. The author’s voice carries sincerity because she grew up … Continue reading The Missing Kennedy is a story of compassion and hope despite tragedy

Both Sides of the Line is not just for sports fans

Football extends far beyond a Boston high school’s field in Kevin Kelly’s memoir, Both Sides of the Line, which is set to release July 1, 2016. Following in his brother’s footsteps and eager to escape his inner-city roots and mother’s suicide, Kelly played high school football from 1971-75. His coach, Jack Dempsey, augmented his desire … Continue reading Both Sides of the Line is not just for sports fans

The Key to Keeping Love

It’s 5:25 a.m., and I’m screaming at my fiancé as we sit in the car outside of the gym. In the back of my head I’m thinking, “Why are you doing this? Just stop and apologize right now.” My mouth, however, is on a different continent than my head, so it just keeps on going … Continue reading The Key to Keeping Love